Tonight marks the opening of the Eighth Quadrennial International Violin Competition of Indianapolis. Forty young artists from twelve countries will compete for prizes valued at more than $250,000. The gold medalist will be awarded $30,000, a Carnegie Hall recital and the opportunity to record a CD in addition to the use of the “ex-Gingold” Stradivarius.
This is truly a global event which every four years turns the eyes of world toward Indianapolis for seventeen spectacular days. But Printing Partners’ involvement with the Competition is driven more by what it does for the local community.
In the year preceding a competition the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis conducts what it calls, “one of the state’s more far-reaching multi-disciplinary art projects”. This year’s Juried Exhibition of Student Art involved more than 26,000 school children and 200 art teachers from 50 counties. The program is designed “to encourage the pursuit of visual arts as a career; help integrate the disciplines of the performing and the visual arts in schools, increase community support for the arts in schools, and heighten student awareness of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis and its cultural importance to the entire state.”
But the most compelling outcome is the recognition in students that if they work hard to develop a God-given talent they can be successful on any stage.
Locally students have numerous opportunities to hear the participants perform during the preliminaries in the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana History Center. Two sessions each day from September 12 through the 15 will feature each of the 40 participants. In addition, Come to the Competition gives students in grades 5 and above an opportunity to come to the preliminaries and semi-finals at a reduced rate.
And finally, the Laureates that the Competition produces return to Indianapolis every year to bring world-class performances in the Laureate Series.
Printing Partners joins other corporate sponsors of the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis because we feel it is good for business. (Their staff is also among the nicest people on the face of the earth.) But we also recognize that the Competition is good for Indianapolis.
If you would like more information on when you can hear this talent perform visit the International Violin Competition of Indianapolis website. If you know a deserving student who would like to attend a performance, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The world is watching. Don’t miss this opportunity to listen in.